News items are selected to provide articles and ideas of varying points of view, and are intended to inform and stimulate discussion. Content does not necessarily reflect the views of Transform International, its Board, staff, or member centres.

Evaluating Global Monitoring Data

Global Water Challenge teamed up with an analytics software company to analyze the largest existing data set on water points. Useful insights resulted that can predict the most impactful places to invest in water services. Read...

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Insights into Open Defecation in India

Recent research offers insights into the impact of caste on open defecation, stunting, and high infant mortality rates in India. Concerns about pit emptying seem to be a the route of resistance to toilets - who will do the emptying? Traditionally a job of the Dalit...

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Community Water Management

Clarissa Brocklehurst recently posted on the RWSN network the following: At the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, we decided to make community management the focus of our most recent WASH Policy Research Digest.  We've included in this issue a...

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Consider shared latrines…

"Funding for safe, shared toilets in fast-growing developing-world cities is at risk of neglect from donors, policymakers and planners, a new journal articleauthored by sanitation specialists, senior economists and leading academics has warned."...

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Peace and Conflict Resolution skills

There is no question that awareness of conflict and conflict sensitive approaches are important to consider when undertaking assessments, planning, and implementation of development programs of all types. Of interest may be the Rotary International 3-month certificate...

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Community Health Worker training

You may recall hearing about the Millennium Villages program developed by Jeffrey Sachs many years ago. In 2016 they posted an article on their blog and shared access to a package of materials developed to train and evaluate community health workers. Many of our...

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Development is not a science…

The Guardian recently published an article on the challenges of monitoring and evaluation in development work. The author feels that our current obsession with measuring impact is actually paralyzing aid workers. I've certainly heard that from many working in WASH,...

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Social Entreprises Help

The organization Reach for Change Africa supports the development of social enterprises. It reports that over the last 5 years over 1 million African children have benefitted from social enterprise development. "The non-profit organization, which, this year, is...

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